A lot of the Monday Mindfulness posts center around ways to incorporate mindfulness and generally being more connected to the world around you because regularity is key. Creating good habits can be life-changing, even if we are just incorporating seemingly inconsequential activities. In the grand arc of your life’s narrative, thinking about your body while you’re brushing your teeth is never going to be what you think of as your greatest triumph or achievement. But our day to day life is filled with small things, and they matter. So when we take the time to add something to our quotidien rituals, then we transform it from an innocuous addition to our day, to something we take care to do 365 times per year. When you make the conscious choice to change and improve your routine, it truly makes a difference.
A friend told me recently about a study that showed overall mental health shows marked improvement from a simple practice: each night, think of three things for which you are grateful. Each morning, think of three things for which you are grateful. That’s it. Put in your mind something positive to end your day and something positive to begin it, and it can truly change how you feel.
I’ve seen some articles recommending you write the three things down--that’s great! But I say feel free to start small! And stay small, if that’s what suits you. So try it tonight. What are you grateful for? Some quiet time before bed? Time spent with a good friend? Maybe just the fact that your sheets are clean? Anything counts. And in the morning, do it again. Maybe you’re grateful that you woke up on time, or that you know what you’re going to wear, or that the rooster next door isn’t crowing today (maybe I will be so lucky). Either way, there is no wrong way to do it. And if we have time to read/write this article, we all have something to be grateful for.